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  1. Julen Lopetegui has conceded that Real Madrid "have to improve in all facets" after their first competitive match under his management saw them suffer a 4-2 extra-time defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. Saul Niguez and Koke struck in quick succession in the additional period at Tallinn's A. Le Coq Arena after the game ended 2-2 in normal time. Real had been 2-1 up, with Karim Benzema cancelling out Diego Costa's first-minute opener and Sergio Ramos then converting a 63rd-minute penalty, before Costa netted his second of the contest to draw things level. Lopetegui was quoted by AS as saying in his post-match press conference: "We had good game phases but it was not enough. "We have to congratulate Atletico, I believe that they have won deservedly. "We are not happy and the negative is that we have conceded four goals and this is not normal. This will have to be improved, without a doubt. "We have to improve in all facets, we do not like when we make mistakes and we have to improve in everything, not only in individual errors. "(It is a) feeling of frustration and sadness. But knowing that responsibility forces us to get up and try to improve and start the league as we want to start." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui is happy to have Gareth Bale on his books and is confident that the Welshman can help fill the void left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals in 438 games for Real, moved to Juventus in July and Madrid have not yet signed a replacement. The onus is now on Bale to become the team's key figure after he struck twice in the Champions League final win over Liverpool and his new manager is pleased with what he's seen so far. "We love that [Bale] is with us. He is so motivated with a lot of hope and he's been working well since the beginning of the season," Lopetegui told reporters on the eve of Real's UEFA Super Cup meeting with Europa League holders and city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn. "We are delighted with his attitude and his desire, he's an ultra professional who is training with the desire of a youth teamer. We are convinced he will have a great season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Zinedine Zidane has stepped down as Real Madrid manager just days after becoming the first coach to win the Champions League three years in a row. The 45-year-old leaves having also guided the Spanish club to one La Liga success since taking over in January 2016. "I know it is a strange moment for everyone involved," said Zidane. "But it had to be done for everybody. "This team has to continue winning and need a change. After three years they need a new voice, a new way of saying things - possibly another way of working. "That's why I've taken that decision. I love this club, I love the president, he's given me the chance to come as a player and a manager. "I'm eternally grateful to him but today for me and for everyone we have to change." President Florentino Perez added: "It is a sad day for me and will be for the fans, the players and everyone at the club. "I wanted him to be next to me forever. But I know it is his final decision. I would have liked to convince him to stay on but I know what he is like." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Former Real Madrid player and director of football Predrag Mijatovic has urged the his former side not to "go crazy" over Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international has impressed in his first season at Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions and being named Premier League Player of the Year. His form since moving from Roma is rumoured to have caught the interest of Madrid, the team he will face in Kiev next Saturday. "[Salah] has all the qualities that football requires today. But you also have to say that he is a player who has had a very strange trajectory," Mijatovic told AS. "I do not know if Madrid should go crazy for him at this moment because they have important young players, like [Marco] Asensio or Isco, with similar characteristics. And we do not know what will happen to Bale. "I do not know what Salah's situation is like, but now he is not a player for whom I would go crazy. You do not know how he would adapt. Madrid is different, a club where it is difficult to succeed." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has played down concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo could be a doubt for the Champions League final against Liverpool later this month. The 33-year-old's ankle appeared to be trod on by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique as he scored Madrid's first equaliser in the 15th minute. Ronaldo looked in discomfort but continued for the rest of the half, before being replaced by Marco Asensio at the start of the second period. "He's not great right now but I think it's going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement," Zidane told reporters. "I can't say how long he'll be out for, tomorrow he'll have a scan, but I think it'll be a small thing for him. "He seemed to think it wasn't much. It's not a worry for the Champions League final... we're all going to be there." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has stressed that the Champions League final will not be a case of him versus Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The Egypt international scored his 10th goal of the tournament as Liverpool progressed despite a 4-2 defeat to Roma in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has 15 Champions League goals to his name this season, and the two players will go head-to-head in the final later this month in Kiev. Salah, with 43 goals in all competitions this season for Liverpool, has been tipped to end the decade-long Ballon d'Or dominance of Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. However, the 25-year-old insisted he will need his teammates to win the Champions League and "cannot do it alone". "It is not going to be a final between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo," he said, after Liverpool's 7-6 aggregate win over his old club, Roma. "I am playing for a great club and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great teamwork. I cannot do it alone - it is collective work. "When we score a goal it's because we are all doing good, when we concede it means we all need to work harder." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane is a transfer target for Real Madrid, according to former Blancos president Ramon Calderon. Kane is under contract with Spurs until 2022, but has been touted as a potential signing for Real, and Calderon believes the Englishman is on their wishlist, along with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. "The objective for Real Madrid, no doubt, is Kane," Calderon told The Sun. "If they want a player for the next five or six years they are going to go for Kane but [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy is going to ask a fortune for him. "As far as I know, Tottenham is not willing to let him go but Bayern also say Lewandowski is not going anywhere. "[Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge has said he can bet that he will be in Bayern next season but we have heard that so many times, and in my experience it is the player who has the final decision of where to go. "Any team would like to have Harry Kane...But first of all the player must want to leave and then his club must be willing to let him go. I find that difficult knowing Tottenham are a rich club and are going to have a new stadium, so it's not easy for anyone who tries to get him." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Zinedine Zidane has urged other Real Madrid players to stand up and be counted after Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the saviour for the club by rescuing a point against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. The Portuguese's 42nd goal of the season, coming three minutes from time, denied Bilbao a rare victory at the Bernabeu. Real's 1-1 draw left them third in La Liga, 15 points behind leaders Barcelona with five games remaining. Despite their domestic woes, Los Blancos maintain hopes of securing a third successive Champions League title, a feat last achieved when Bayern Munich won the European Cup from 1974 to 1976. Indeed, the Bavarians stand in Real's way this season, and Zidane insists his side cannot rely on just Ronaldo when heading to Munich for the semi-final first leg on Wednesday. "We can think there will be other players as well as Cristiano who could make the difference in Munich," Zidane told reporters after Wednesday's game. "We have to stay focused because it's a Champions League semi-final and we're defending our title." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has refused to apologise to referee Michael Oliver following their Champions League exit. The Italian giants were knocked out of the Champions League by current holders Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate after Oliver handed the Spanish side a late penalty. Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have fouled Lucas Vazquez in the area, which resulted in Buffon being sent off after arguing with the referee, before Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the spot in the 97th minute. Speaking to Italian TV program Le lene, Buffon said: "I'm sure Oliver will have a great career in the future, but he's too young to officiate a match like that. "The beauty, the imponderable nature of football, means that unfortunately this young man found himself in a situation that was too complex, too garbled and too big for him to deal with. "So at the end of the day, what I said after the match, I don't hold any rancour towards Oliver. I'm not even angry with him. It all ended there, but naturally in the heat of the moment one does feel I'm not saying penalised, I felt defrauded. "Not defrauded of the result, but of the night. It was a night that can never be repeated." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Liverpool will be looking to win Europe's top prize for the sixth time having made it into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years. Having come through the playoffs to the group stage of the competition, they are yet to lose in the competition and, with 33 goals, are the leading goalscorers in this year's competition. Winning 7-0 on two separate occasions against Spartak Moscow and Maribor in the group stage and a 5-0 win against Porto in the first leg of their round of 16 tie might not have got people convinced that Liverpool could be genuine contenders. However, having beaten Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 5-1 over the course of two quarter-final legs might have got people thinking that maybe they could be a force to be reckoned with. Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, two of the main contenders, have already been eliminated,which has left the competition up for grabs. However, Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will also be looking at claiming Europe's top prize. Real Madrid - even after almost throwing away a 3-0 first leg lead at home against Juventus still have a chance to claim their third consecutive Champions League trophy, which would make it 13 overall, thanks to a disputed last minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Bayern Munich - Five-times champions of Europe, making their sixth semi final appearance in seven years in which they have been involved in two finals, winning one and losing one. Roma - looking to win their first ever Champions League. Just like Liverpool they weren't seen as contenders but eyebrows were raised when they came back from a 4-1 first leg deficit to beat Barcelona on away goals. Could Liverpool bring Europe's top prize back to England for the first time since Chelsea in 2011-12? Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Controversy reigned supreme at the Bernabeu as Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time penalty put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after holding off a near-miraculous Juventus comeback. The Portuguese talisman's 97th-minute penalty into the top corner of the net came after Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box. Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what might be his last Champions League appearance, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver after awarding the spot-kick, for foul and abusive language. Football Manics looks at some of the reaction from the Real and Juve camps. Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus captain "It was a tenth of a penalty. "I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident. Not clear-cut. And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point. "The team gave its all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation. "Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish. On top of that, if you don't have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, having your drink and eating crisps. "You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating. "If you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps." Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach "I have a bitter taste as we didn't have the chance to go to extra time. "Small details changed the whole tie unfortunately. I had two more substitutions planned for extra time and I was confident we could do it. "The first leg had given me confidence we could do this and the side deserved at least extra time. To cry right now is useless." Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus defender "It shouldn't be surprising, Bayern Munich went through it last year and this was Juve's turn. "Between the first leg and this one, just about everything happened. It's laughable that the Italian refereeing designator said things are going well in the Champions League. "Nobody thought we could turn it around, but we believed and it'll help us for the next Champions League campaigns. It'll be an objective for the future. "It wasn't an issue of VAR, because the referee still needs to have courage and a conscience.The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions. "You could tell at the time it wasn't a penalty, but seeing the footage back it's just laughable. We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a crazy person would've believed that going in. "We could've scored five or six goals, so we ought to be proud. We want to win the seventh Scudetto." Medhi Benatia, Juventus defender "We are sad, because we played the game we wanted to and last year the same thing happened to Bayern Munich," Benatia told Mediaset Premium. "Real Madrid are a great side, but every time there is a challenge, they get the decision and Cristiano Ronaldo scores. "I went around Vazquez and got the ball. He just went down because he had nothing else to do at that point. You can see the ball bounce off my foot and change direction. Going out to a penalty like that is absurd. "The referee needs to explain the rules, because if the captain can't even talk to the referee after a penalty is awarded, then who can? "We are the victims of this situation, but we're very proud of what we did tonight." Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid forward “Lucas Vazquez was fouled from behind and I think it was a clear penalty. Benatia and the rest of Juventus defenders were really aggressive during the whole game. That’s how they play. Today we could have scored two more but they denied us. We deserved to go through.” “I tried to remain calm before the kick-off. My heart was beating more than usual but I knew my penalty kick would have been decisive. Thanks god I scored. We are all very happy even if we suffered a lot. I have to admit that. This must teach us a lesson. Never give up in football and fight till the end.” Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach "It was a penalty, they've told me it was a penalty. I didn't see it. The ref awarded it and we can't change that, but I think it was a penalty. "Cristiano is used to these situations. He doesn't feel pressure. He scored the penalty and we got the win. "There is nothing left to say. We're in the semi-finals and we're happy with that. They played well but we were just average, the difference is we kept believing until the end. We deserved to go through to the semi-finals over the course of the tie and we can be pleased with that. "It wasn't a strange game, but we didn't expect to concede in the first minute. When that happens, heads drop and the opposition gain in confidence. They approached the game in the right way and we didn't. We had problems controlling the game. "I knew we would be up against it, but I didn't expect what happened in the first minute. We knew that we'd have to dig in against a side that put in a great performance and that press high up the pitch. "I didn't see us going out because I'm a positive person. I told my players we were going to be troubled, that it would be tricky." Lucas Vazquez, Real Madrid winger "Yes, it was a penalty. "When I went to hit the ball the centre-back arrived from behind and knocked me down. There's no discussion. "It's normal [that Juventus players protested], it was the final minute." Marcelo, Real Madrid full-back "We should face and we did everything possible to go through. "What happened to Barcelona wasn't going to happen to us because we're Real Madrid." Share your thoughts about this reaction feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Keylor Navas insists that he is "calm" about his Real Madrid future as he still has two years left to run on his current deal and intends to fulfil them. The reigning La Liga and European champions have been strongly linked with several different goalkeepers ahead of the summer transfer window, including Manchester United star David de Gea. Costa Rica international Navas does not intend to leave the Spanish capital within the next two seasons, however, with his deal not due to expire until June 2020. "I'm calm. I have two years left on my contract and I intend to fulfil them," he told BeIN Sports. "People ask me if I'm leaving, but I'm only leaving to go home to my family." Real drew 1-1 against city rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend, with Navas putting in a solid performance in between the sticks. The draw ensures that Los Blancos remain four points behind their local rivals, and Navas maintained that the team haven't yet given up. "We have to wait for the league season to end," he said. "It hasn't been an easy season, we'll have to see how far we can go. We've never given up at any time." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a superb bicycle kick to help Real Madrid hammer Juventus in their own back yard in Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin. The Portugal forward made history with the first of his two goals, prodding home Isco's cross to become the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games. Then came one of the great Champions League moments as Dani Carvajal lifted a cross to Ronaldo, who leapt in the air and hit a clean overhead kick which left Gianluigi Buffon motionless. Such was the brilliance of the strike that Juventus fans stood up to applaud the goal that all but destroyed their hopes of reaching the semi-finals. Paulo Dybala was then sent off and Marcelo struck a third for Real to put the La Liga side all but through to the final four, but the game will be remembered for Ronaldo's sublime second strike. Cristiano Ronaldo "Obviously people are talking about the second goal, it was amazing, probably the best of my career. "It was spectacular. I jumped very high and it's a goal that will live long in the memory. "I've been looking to do it for a while, but it depends on the circumstances of the game. It just came to me to give it a go, you always have to try it. I tried it today and it came off. "[The ovation from Juve fans] was one of the most poignant moments of the night. To receive applause from a stadium like this, which has been graced by great players, is a unique experience. "When I was a kid, I liked Juventus and the fact that their fans have clapped me will stay with me." Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid boss "You can say he's one of the most beautiful players in the history of football. "He shows every time that he is a special player. He always wants to do great things in the Champions League and he never gets tired of doing it, that's his great quality. "Cristiano is in good form at the moment. His team-mates are very happy with him. We need to enjoy tonight, but then think about the hard work ahead of next week because Juve won't give up." Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus boss "I don't know if Cristiano's goal is the best in the history of football, but it's certainly an extraordinary goal. You can only congratulate him for what he's doing at present. "However, I am disappointed about the third goal, because at that point we still could have turned the tie in the second leg. Now it will be impossible." Gianluigi Buffon, Juve goalkeeper "Ronaldo is a player who is at an incredible level. Ronaldo's worth is comparable to (Diego) Maradona, (Lionel) Messi or Pele. My Champions League dream isn't possible because the best have stopped it." Share your thoughts about this feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has warned Real Madrid against making an approach for Robert Lewandowski by saying they "have no chance at all" of signing the striker. The Poland international is thought to be on the radar of the La Liga giants following a campaign that has seen him net a further 35 times in all competitions for the Bundesliga champions-elect. Heynckes, speaking ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg with Sevilla, was unequivocal about Bayern's position on the 29-year-old. "[Chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already said it: with Robert, Real Madrid have no chance at all," he told a news conference. Heynckes was less forthcoming with his views on the futures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, whose contracts expire at the end of the season. "I have my opinion on Ribery and Robben. But I will hold back here with my recommendations," he said. "The club will know what they are and will decide in due course." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he wants his future resolved before going to the World Cup this summer but is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge for one more season. The 25-year-old is soon to enter the final year of his Blues contract and there has been no progression with regards to penning a new deal. Courtois has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, where his children live along with their mother, and also Paris Saint-Germain, who have money to spend. "If I go to the World Cup with a clear idea, sign or wait another year, then I have a clear head at the tournament," Courtois, who has had to leave the Belgium camp due to a hamstring injury, told Sporza. "I am still proud to play at Chelsea and I want to achieve success. I have one year [left on my] contract and feel good at Chelsea. "At the end of the season we will sit down together and set out a vision. I know that I will be at Chelsea next year as well." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  16. Gareth Bale has claimed that becoming Wales' all-time record goalscorer could be "the best achievement" of his career. The Real Madrid star's hat-trick in Wales' 6-0 win over China in the China Cup saw him reach 29 international goals, one more than Liverpool legend Ian Rush. When asked by BBC Sport where the record ranks in his illustrious career, Bale said: "It is right up there, maybe as the best. "I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honour. "I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it's an incredible honour and one of the best things I've achieved in my career. "On a personal note it's great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  17. Neymar's future at Paris Saint-Germain continues to be the subject of speculation as a report suggests that he has told his family and friends of his desire to leave the Parc des Princes. The Brazil international joined PSG from Barcelona last season in a world-record £198m move and has certainly delivered on the pitch, scoring 29 goals and registering 19 assists in just 30 games. However, ABC News has reported that Neymar, who is currently sidelined due to a foot injury, has taken the decision not to play for PSG again. "I won't go back to PSG, [the decision] is irreversible... if I come here, a league without tradition, and they whistle me, I don't want to continue for one minute more," the 26-year-old is reported to have told his loved ones. Although Real Madrid have been primarily linked with a move for Neymar, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has suggested that, prior to PSG’s Champions League defeat to Real on Tuesday, the player informed Barca of his wish to rejoin them. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  18. Two juicy Champions League last-16 games take place on Tuesday as Real Madrid seek to see out their tie against a PSG side desperately hoping to overturn a 3-1 deficit, while Liverpool should be able to keep Porto at bay at Anfield courtesy of their 5-0 first-leg advantage. How could these games pan out? Football Manics previews the action. Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid (7:45pm GMT) Unai Emery's charges head into this game on the back of six consecutive league wins, and 10 consecutive wins in all domestic competition - the only blip being the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the first leg. PSG, who lead the Ligue 1 table by 14 points, will also have to negotiate this encounter without Neymar, who has undergone surgery on his foot and is expected to be out for a number of weeks. As for Real, they managed to string a decent run in La Liga but were beaten by Espanyol in their penultimate league encounter, and surely the distance of 15 points from top-placed Barcelona is insurmountable. Nonetheless, Zinedine Zidane's charges remain well in contention for the trophy they've won thrice in the last four seasons and consecutively in the last two years. PSG are a quality team that have more than enough about them to put up a challenge against Madrid even without Neymar but I expect Zidane's charges to do enough to get a result that will see them over the line. Score prediction: 2-2 draw (Real to go through 5-3 on aggregate) Liverpool vs. Porto (7:45pm) Barring a spectacular collapse of gargantuan proportions, Liverpool are effectively through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after building a five-goal lead against Porto in the first leg. It is a year this week since Barcelona became the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit as they knocked out PSG with a famous 6-1 win, but with all due respect, Porto are no Barca. In addition, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will only make two or three changes to his side, so there should still be enough strength in the team to seek a result in this leg. None of the omens and historic stats favour Porto, who have lost their past four Champions League knockout games (one goal scored, 14 conceded) and have never won a CL away game against an English side. Truth be told, I think even a heavily rotated Liverpool side will be able to keep Porto at bay - providing the Reds can weather the initial storm of attacks and get to half time with a clean sheet, the game should then be easy pickings for the hosts. Score prediction: 2-1 home win (Liverpool go through 7-1 on aggregate) Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  19. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he could retire happy having achieved all his dreams in football. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu at the end of the season, reports suggesting that he wants to leave Madrid over a contract dispute. Ronaldo has stressed that he still loves the club and the city but says he could also walk away from the game having achieved everything he wanted to at the start of his career. "I never dreamed I would win five Ballon d'Or awards. If I had to finish my career now I would do so super happy. I have won everything," Ronaldo told Brazilian YouTube channel Central Desimpedidos. "If I win another one, two or three Ballon d'Ors then I will be delighted but if not I already won five." When asked if had any more dreams to achieve in football, such as winning the World Cup with Portugal, Ronaldo said: "Sincerely I don't think I have any. "I achieved everything I dreamed of in football. I really think I have achieved so many nice things that I don't have any more dreams. "But if you ask me if I want to keep winning of course I do. Obviously I would love to win the World Cup. But if my career ended now I would be very proud. I never thought my career was going to be so nice." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  20. Eden Hazard has confirmed that he is happy to remain at Chelsea for the time being but insists he will move when he decides that he wants to change clubs. The 27-year-old has long been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in the Belgium star. Hazard has brushed off the latest speculation regarding his short-term future by insisting that he feels "very good over here", as does his family. However, he has nonetheless left the door open to a move in future. "Every year they talk about Real or PSG. And when I want to change clubs, I will," Hazard told Telefoot. "But at the moment I'm good where I am. "I still have two years left on my contract. I feel very good over here. The fans love me, my family enjoys life over here. We will see." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  21. Wednesday brings two Champions League games as Porto and Liverpool, who both won the trophy last decade, go head to head at the Estadio do Dragao, while Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain lock horns in a titanic battle between the "old order" and the "new order". Valentine's Day it may be but there won't be any love lost in these games! How will these games pan out? Football Manics takes a closer look with our dedicated preview. Porto vs. Liverpool (7:45pm) Jurgen Klopp's charges topped Group E with an unbeaten record and their reward is a tie against former Champions League winners Porto, starting with the first leg in Portugal. The Reds haven’t been past this stage since the 2008-09 season when they reached the quarter-finals of the competition before losing 7-5 on aggregate to Chelsea. Porto, meanwhile, came second in Group F, behind Besiktas, and are unbeaten in 21 Primeira Liga games so far this season. Jose Mourinho's former club also boasts a good home record against English opposition having only lost three of 16 - although those three defeats did come in their last four games. Cameroon forward and Porto star player Vincent Aboubakar didn't practice with the rest of the squad on Tuesday because of a lingering muscle injury and remains doubtful for the first leg at Estadio do Dragao. If Aboubakar doesn't recover, Porto's firepower will be severely diminished, but I still fancy Liverpool to get the better of the hosts. Score prediction: 1-2 Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain (7:45pm) Fate has thrown these two teams together in the last 16 when this fixture could have easily been the glittering final - the Champions League holders and three-time winners in the last four years against the contenders boasting the world's most expensive player. By their own mythical standards, Real Madrid aren't doing particularly well this season. Finishing second in Group H behind Tottenham Hotspur isn't shameful, but sitting fourth in La Liga, 17 points behind Barcelona, and being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes is unacceptable for the Blancos fanbase. PSG have spent big money to put their already impressive squad into the stratosphere in the summer, adding Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to their ranks. Last year they threw away a 4-0 first-leg lead to Barcelona in this stage and were pipped to the Ligue 1 title by Monaco, but this year they lead the French top flight by 12 points and will hope to proceed in Europe too. While there will be key clashes all across the pitch, the focus will be on the front lines - will the trident of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo get back to their best, or will Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani cut through Real's lacklustre defence? I predict a high-scoring draw. Score prediction: 3-3 Share your thoughts about this preview feature article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  22. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that goalkeeper David de Gea will not be leaving the club. The 27-year-old signed a new contract at Old Trafford in 2015, just days after a proposed move to Real Madrid fell through. De Gea current deal runs out at the end of next season, although United hold an option to extend that by a further 12 months with Mourinho having stated earlier this year he is confident the Spaniard will activate that clause. Speaking ahead of Sunday's game against Newcastle, the Portuguese said: "Do you think a club that is trying to attract the best players is the club that is open to sell the best players? It makes no sense. "If you want to go to that level, we have to attract the best players like we did with Alexis [Sanchez], [Nemanja] Matic, [Paul] Pogba and so on, and don't let our best players go." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  23. Thibaut Courtois has revealed that, while he is in discussions with Chelsea over a prospective new contract, his "heart is in Madrid". The 25-year-old, who is currently under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2019, has long been linked with reigning La Liga and European champions Real Madrid. Courtois lived in Madrid for three years between 2011 and 2014 when on loan at Atletico Madrid and his two children still live there with his ex-girlfriend, giving him personal reasons to consider a return to the Spanish capital. “If Real is really interested, my personal situation could affect, yes,” he said in an interview with Belgian magazine Sport. “The family aspect, it is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I'm busy talking to Chelsea to extend. “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid, it's known. My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on Facetime. She often tells me that I miss her. My son is still too small to communicate like that. “Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to make a return trip to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable. “If they want me, they have to contact Chelsea. We'll see. But they never did it. What is certain is that I will one day return to Madrid. We agreed to meet (with Chelsea) again in February because the club had more urgent issues to deal with in January. “Nothing presses, I am under contract until 2019. Normally, there is no problem, I will prolong. I am happy here and I see a direction that still wants to win a lot of titles. The signals are positive. Just their desire to extend also Eden Hazard, that reassures me.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  24. Cristiano Ronaldo has reiterated that he wants to stay at Real Madrid, as he "loves" the club and the city. The 32-year-old's future has been pored over time and time again, with reports claiming he wants to leave the Bernabeu over a contract dispure. Manchester United, the club where Ronaldo exploded onto the scene before leaving for a then world record fee to Real, is often mentioned as a possible destination. However, Ronaldo insists he is happy in Madrid, declaring his "love" for the club and outlining his intention to stay. "Of course I want to stay here, I love this club," the Portuguese star told Chinese football app Dongqiudi. "I like living here. I've lived in this city since 2009 and I love the weather and the people. It's close to Portugal and you can get there by car. Spain is a great country, I love it. "This feeling is incredible. It's what I've always dreamed of. Now, my plan to retire at 41 will probably be a bit more difficult to achieve, and now we live in the moment. "Being a coach is not part of my plan, but you also know that people change their minds. For the moment I don't want to be a coach." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  25. New Wales manager Ryan Giggs has pledged to use his fitness expertise to help improve Gareth Bale's injury record. The Real Madrid attacker has suffered 18 separate muscular problems since signing for the Spanish giants for a then world record deal five years ago. The 28-year-old has made just seven La Liga starts and also missed Wales' final two World Cup Qualifiers as they missed out on this summer's finals in Russia. Giggs, who turned to yoga as he prolonged his career at Manchester United beyond his 40th birthday, told reporters: "It's about passing on your knowledge that you experienced as a player. "I've got plenty of that obviously - the different things you will come up against. "So that might be a conversation because everyone wants a fit Gareth Bale, and everyone wants a fit Welsh national team so you have your best players to pick from." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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